Tuesday, October 2, 2012


It is no secret that I love anything vintage and my home is a testiment to that style.  One thing that always take me straight back to my childhood is vintage paper dolls and cloth dolls.

These wonderful creations just seem to embody the emotions and feelings of that time.  They have a charm and style all of their own.  I am lucky enough to have a large collection of some of my all time favourites and this new additon to my Etsy store YOUR CRAFT BOOK is a homage to these faulous vintage charmers!

I have spent many hours digitally remastering this paper doll from my collection and the face was a true labour of love.  I am slowly creating a collection of cloth dolls that would have given me joy to own way back when.

This sweet boy is my very first large fabric cloth doll and the doll panel is about 16" tall, the perfect size for siting in a chair or on an antique bed!

I hope that you love these as much as I do and I will be creating some new ones for my Etsy store YOUR CRAFT BOOK, you can find it by clicking HERE.

Sunday, September 30, 2012


Love these pretty clothes pins and cord for your bunting!

Goreous lace with a sticky side for crafting and scrapbooking!

Lots of different straws in great colours, takes me back to my childhood!

Beautiful cupcake wrappers!
Pretty crafting tape!
Canvas bags!

Great selection!

I just came across a great Etsy store and wanted to share some of their goodies with you.  If you love crafting or scrapbooking you will love this store!  For me I really love the lace tapes and can think of many uses for those!

Also if you love bunting you will love their clothes pins and cord products for hanging and displaying your bunting!

Check out this great Etsy store BACK TO ZERO by clicking HERE.


Thursday, September 27, 2012


I had to share these, they are so funny and my favourites are numbers 6 and 7, let me know which ones are your favourite.  Enjoy reading these and smile!
1. King Ozymandias of Assyria was running low on cash after years of war with the Hittites.  His last great possession was the Star of the Euphrates, the most valuable diamond in the ancient world.  Desperate, he went to Croesus, the pawnbroker, to ask for a loan.
Croesus said, "I'll give you 100,000 dinars for it."

"But I paid a million dinars for it," the King protested.  "Don't you know who I am? I am the king!"

Croesus replied, "When you wish to pawn a Star, makes no difference who you are." 


2. Evidence has been found that William Tell and his family were avid bowlers. Unfortunately, all the Swiss League records were destroyed in a fire, ...and so we'll never know for whom the Tells bowled. 


3. A man rushed into a busy doctor's surgery and shouted, "Doctor! I think I'm shrinking!" 

The doctor calmly responded, "Now, settle down.  You'll just have to be a little patient."


4. An Indian chief was feeling very sick, so he summoned the medicine man. After a brief examination, the medicine man took out a long, thin strip of elk rawhide and gave it to the chief, telling him to bite off, chew, and swallow one inch of the leather every day.

After a month, the medicine man returned to see how the chief was feeling. 

The chief shrugged and said, "The thong is ended, but the malady lingers on."


 5. A famous Viking explorer returned home from a voyage and found his name missing from the town register. His wife insisted on complaining to the local civic official, who apologised profusely saying, "I must have taken Leif off my census."


 6. There were three Indian squaws. One slept on a deer skin, one slept on an elk skin, and the third slept on a hippopotamus skin.  All three became pregnant. The first two each had a baby boy.  The one who slept on the hippopotamus skin had twin boys. This just goes to prove that... the squaw of the hippopotamus is equal to the sons of the squaws of the other two hides. (Some of you may need help with this one).


7. A sceptical anthropologist was cataloguing South American folk remedies with the assistance of a tribal elder who indicated that the leaves of a particular fern were a sure cure for any case of constipation.  When the anthropologist expressed his doubts, the elder looked him in the eye and said, "Let me tell you, with fronds like these, you don't need enemas."

Friday, August 17, 2012


In celebration of my 3000th digital postcard sale yesterday I am sending a free gift to all of my blog readers.  This sweet image has been digitally created by me for you to use in your crafting work.  You can find my lovely vintage postcards at YOUR CRAFT POSTCARDS by clicking HERE.

The only thing I ask is that you do not include it for sale in a collage sheet digital or on its own digitally.  Otherwise have fun printing it off and creating, enjoy!

Simply click on the image and then right mouse click to save to your computer! 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Full Of Shabby Chic Charm......
1930s Vintage Wallpaper......

Retro Union Jack......

Very Jane Austen......
Vintage Roses And Burlap......
 I love vintage books with a passion and my current favorites can be found HERE.  Inspired by these beautiful covers I have designed some of my own to use when decorating some of my more mundane paperbacks.

These book covers add a certain charm to tired old books and I cannot wait to begin dressing up my old library of books.  These take me back to my school days in England when we had to cover our school books with brown paper and put our name on the front.  These would look so much prettier!

I hope that you love them as much as I do.  I know that this is not a new idea but I wanted to put a different spin on an old tradition, have fun!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


One thing I love more than anything is vintage books and I cannot go past a shop that stocks them without popping inside to see what is on offer.  I was so lucky a few months ago and was able to buy these beautiful books.  The papers and details on the cover are truly wonderful and could not have more shabby chic charm if they tried.

These books are all around 90 years old and I know I will happily sit down in a cozy corner and read them.  When a book is as pretty as these are it just gives them so much more charm and appeal.  I currently have these in one of my guest bedrooms on the bedside cabinet.  Set there ready for someone to open them up and dive into another world.

Like most people today I do have an iPad and I love it!  I must admit it is one of my great joys to read a new book on my Kindle app.  The convenience is wonderful but it still cannot beat that musty smell that comes from a well read and well loved book.  There is truly nothing like it in the world!

Monday, August 6, 2012


Coconut Oil and Alheimer's

My husband and I have begun a new regime in regards to taking care of ourselves and trying to live a healthier lifestyle.  One of the major changes is that we are juicing everyday and also taking Coconut Oil as part of our new regime change!  Take a peek at the link below as to why we are now using Coconut Oil every day!